Greatest Funniest Movie Moments and Scenes

Part 11

Greatest and Funniest Movie Scenes
Film Title/Year and Brief Funniest Scenes Description

Monkey Business (1931)

The scene of Harpo pretending to be a puppet and delighting an audience of children during a Punch and Judy show; the barbershop scene when Chico and Harpo shave off the handlebar mustache of one of the ocean liner's crew members; Groucho's tango and attempted romancing with bootlegging gangster wife Lucille Briggs (Thelma Todd) in a stateroom when he offers to polish her frame and oil her joints ("Well, we can clean and tighten your brakes, polish your frame and oil your joints, but you'll have to stay in the garage all night"); and the scene when all of the Marx Brothers unconvincingly impersonate French actor/singer Maurice Chevalier to get past customs and exit a luxury ocean liner - with a stolen passport and a Victrola playing Chevalier's hit You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

King Arthur's (Graham Chapman) first appearance galloping over a hillside - without his horse; also King Arthur's encounter with the Black Knight (John Cleese) who persistently insists on combat even after all of his limbs have been hacked off and he has been reduced to a head and torso: ("Tis but a scratch!" "Just a flesh wound" "The Black Knight always triumphs" and "All right, we'll call it a draw"); and the guarded Bridge of Death in which each of the knights must answer three questions from the trollish creepy soothsayer / bridgekeeper (Terry Gilliam); also the scene of the towering Knights who say "NI" and request that Arthur finds them shrubbery to appease them: ("One that looks nice... and not too expensive"); also the Fierce Killer Rabbit and the Holy Hand Grenade scenes; and the scene of peasants deriding King Arthur for his avowed right to rule; also the scenes of the witch-burning party and the reluctant rescue of Sir Galahad the Pure (Michael Palin) at Castle Anthrax

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

The opening animated title sequence featuring a James Bond-like musical number and the "I love sheep!" scene with three Shepherds; the scene in which Three unwise Kings erroneously visit infant Brian Cohen's (Graham Chapman) stable manger thinking he is the Messiah, bringing myrrh to an ungrateful Virgin Mandy (Terry Jones) - and after realizing their mistake - take their presents back; Mandy's continuing assertion: "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!"; the insanely devoted worship of Brian as the Messiah (one group worships a gourd he used, while another a sandal he lost while being chased) and Brian's futile attempts to get rid of his followers: ("Now f--k off!" "How shall we f--k off, O Lord?"); and the final crucifixion scene in which Brian is crucified next to others who, led by Mr. Frisbee (Eric Idle), sing the closing, incongruous and upbeat musical number: "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"; the hysterical "stoning" skit in which a group of women (disguised as men) anxiously await permission to stone a prisoner (for saying God's name Jehovah) from an annoyed, weary Jewish Official (John Cleese) (and end up stoning the official with a massive boulder!); the scene in which a Roman Centurion (Cleese) provides lessons in Latin graffiti and corrects Brian's anti-Roman graffiti written on the palace wall; and revolutionary Reg's (John Cleese) immortal speech: "What have the Romans done for us?"; the "PFJ" scene with bickering: ("Are you the Judean People's Front?!...We're the People's Front of Judea!"); and the famous scene in which listeners are too far away to hear Jesus Christ clearly when he delivers his Sermon on the Mount ("Blessed are the cheesemakers" and "The Greek shall inherit the Earth"); and the characters of the Ex-Leper (Michael Palin) (now unemployed after being healed by Jesus), Mr. "Big Nose" (Michael Palin), and the speech-impaired, lisping and effeminate Pontius Pilate (Michael Palin) talking about his Roman friend Biggus Dickus (Graham Chapman): ("I have a vewy great fwiend in Wome called 'Biggus Dickus") - and the campaign to "Welease Woger"

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983)

The class in which sex education and proper foreplay is taught by Prof. Humphrey (John Cleese) by copulating with his wife in front of class: ("Nibbling the earlobe, uhh, kneading the buttocks, and so on and so forth. So, we have all these possibilities before we stampede towards the clitoris, Watson"); and the oft-remembered scene of the gruesome, slovenly, massively overweight, constantly-vomiting character of Mr. Creosote (Terry Jones), culminating in his explosion from overeating a 700 course meal when he chews and swallows a thin mint, and his fat-coated, still-beating heart is revealed; and the scene of Arthur Jarrett (Graham Chapman) as a sexist criminal who dies by being chased by naked women off a cliff; and "The End of the Film" in which a Queen Elizabeth-look-alike Lady Presenter (Michael Palin) speaks to the audience: (" are some completely gratuitous pictures of penises to annoy the censors")

Moonstruck (1987)

The scene of 42 year-old and never-married baker Ronny Cammareri's (Nicolas Cage) proclamation and confession of love to repressed 37 year-old Brooklyn bookkeeping accountant and Italian widow Loretta Castorini (Cher) - and her immediate reaction: a tremendous slap across the face and the screaming of "Snap out of it!"; also the character of Loretta's plain-speaking mother Rose Castorini (Olympia Dukakis) who growls to her father-in-law (Feodor Chaliapin): "Old man, you give those dogs another piece of my food and I'm gonna kick you 'til you're dead!"; Ronny's romantic speech to Loretta about how love "breaks your heart. It makes things a mess" - ending with his plea: "...Now I want you to come upstairs with me and get in my bed"; and dull Mama's boy Johnny Cammareri's (Danny Aiello) stunned reaction ("WHAT?!") to his brother Ronny's proposal to his fiance Loretta

Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)

The concluding insanity hearing sequence in which guileless, tuba-playing multi-millionaire Mandrake Falls, Vt. resident and greeting card poet Mr. Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) must defend his own sanity after declaring that he would give his money away to needy farmers - with the testimony of two nice elderly sisters brought there from his hometown, Jane and Amy Faulkner (Margaret Seddon and Margaret McWade), who declare him crazy, or 'pixilated' - and when they are unmasked as self-centered and frivolous, and neutralized when under questioning, they admit: "Why, everybody in Mandrake Falls is pixilated - except us"

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

The scene in which sweet-natured but irresponsible actor Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) disguises himself as a genteel British nanny named Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire - who sets his blouse and ample-bosomed chest on fire: ("My first day as a woman, and I'm getting hot flashes"); and the restaurant scene in which he must frantically dash back and forth between two tables with rapid-quick costume changes - for an appointment with a TV executive at one table and for wife Miranda's (Sally Field) birthday party at another

The Muppet Movie (1979)

The brilliantly funny cameo by Steve Martin as a rude, sarcastic waiter serving Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog on a date from a table-side ice bucket: ôSparkling Muscatel. One of the finest wines of Idaho," costing only 95 cents, consumed through straws, and evaluated by smelling its cap

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

The character of street-smart, big-haired and black-leather-wearing fiancée Mona Lisa Tito (Marisa Tomei) assisting Brooklyn lawyer/boyfriend Vinny Gambini (Joe Pesci) during a trumped-up murder charge in a Wazoo, Alabama courtroom with Fred Gwynne as the exasperated, by-the-book trial Judge Chamberlain Haller; the scene of her berating stressed-out Vinny on the porch about her ticking biological clock, after she paces back and forth: "Well, I hate to bring it up, because I know you got enough pressure on you already. BUT, we agreed to get married as soon as you won your first case. Meanwhile, ten years later, my niece, the daughter of my sister, is gettin' married! My biological clock is tickin' like this, and the way this case is goin', I ain't never gettin' married!"; also, their conversation about the dripping bathroom faucet, Vinny's mangled pronunciation of youths ("utes"), and Mona's discussion with Vinny about hunting a defenseless deer - and the look of his pants: "Imagine you're a deer. You're prancin' along. You get thirsty. You spot a little brook. You put your little deer lips down to the cool clear water.....BAM! A F--KIN' BULLET RIPS OFF PART OF YOUR HEAD! YOUR BRAINS ARE LAYIN' ON THE GROUND IN LITTLE BLOODY PIECES. Now, I ax ya. Would you give a f--k what kind of pants the son of a bitch who shot you was wearin'?"

My Favorite Year (1982)

A bittersweet comedy with Peter O'Toole as flamboyant, Errol Flynn-like alcoholic British film actor Alan Swann - the guest star for a live 50's variety TV program named The King Kaiser Show during one week in the fall of 1954 -- the many scenes of his alcoholic misadventures - stumbling and flipping onto a table while his film is being projected on a screen, falling face first, being strapped onto his luggage and humming: "The 1812 Overture" while being dragged up the stairs, etc. while the show's fledgling writer Benjy Stone (Mark Linn-Baker) is helplessly assigned to keep Swann out of trouble during the week; the scene of Swann climbing down the side of a building with a fire hose; the character of the show's burly and despotic star King Kaiser (Joseph Bologna) with his escalating feud against equally tough, monosyllabic Mafia don Karl Rojeck (Cameron Mitchell) whom Kaiser ruthlessly satirizes in his sketches - and the scene of their discussion about "the removal business" (tossing each other's precious items out the building window) - and Lanie Kazan as the writer's exuberant mother Belle Carroca; with memorable lines of dialogue such as: (Benjy Stone: "I think I'm going to be unwell" Alan Swann: "Ladies are unwell, Stone. Gentlemen vomit"); and Swann's response to crusty wardrobe lady Lil's (Selma Diamond) admonition in the women's restroom: "This is for ladies only!" - Swann nonchalantly unzips his fly and retorts: "So is THIS, madam, but every now and then I must run a little water through it!"; and Swann's screeching stage fright when discovering that the TV show is live and in front of an audience: "I'm not an actor, I'm a MOVIE STAR!"

My Little Chickadee (1940)

The few classic scenes between Flower Belle Lee (Mae West) and con-man/husband of convenience Cuthbert J. Twillie (W. C. Fields) in their only film together, and his best lines: (1) when told that there is nothing good about Flower Belle by prudish Mrs. Gideon (Margaret Hamilton), he responds: "I can see what's good. Tell me the rest" (2) holding and kissing her hand on the train, he exclaims: "What symmetrical digits!" (3) and Twillie's proposal of marriage: "Will you take me?" and Flower Belle's reply as she rolls her eyes: "I'll take you, and how" - and the scene of their phony sham marriage aboard the train; also Flower Belle's assurance that she will be a good (unlikely) schoolmarm teaching math: "I was always good at figures"; also her famous line to two suitors: "Any time you got nothin' to do and lots of time to do it, come up"; and Twillie's last line to Flower Belle as he leaves town to attend to his "hair" oil wells: " must come up and see me sometime" and the camera's last image -- Flower Belle sashaying her bottom as she ascends the stairs

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